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Taxing my patience

January 31, 2014 I am, by any measure, a law-abiding guy. But before you rush out to nominate me for Citizen of the Century, hold your hosses. more »»

When cross-country goes downhill

January 24, 2014 The phone jolted me awake, as would be expected at the crack of 9. “Huh? Wha?” I croaked. “Hey,” boomed the Amazon Queen on the other end. more »»

Memoir of a gin rummy dummy

January 17, 2014 I always have my radio on, tuned to music of one ilk or another. And as I’m sure it is for many people, to me it’s mostly background noise. more »»

The Mountie, the malamute and the barren land baron

January 10, 2014 A couple weeks ago I was in the Dorsey Street Exchange schmoozing with the owner, Barb Curtis. It was the first day of the DSE’s huge winter sale, but I wasn’t there to shop. more »»

A low-tech hot pick

December 27, 2013 On Christmas Day I was walking around Moody Pond, and walking toward me was Al Pozzi. more »»

Reflections on the downhill slide

December 20, 2013 Like everyone else in My Home Town, I started skiing in childhood and by first grade, I was a regular at Pisga. more »»

The old prof revisited

December 13, 2013 The last day of classes before Thanksgiving vacation was like every other day, except for one thing: I found myself thinking about one of my all-time favorite profs. Dr. more »»

Behold, the Blue Line Oracle!

December 6, 2013 The American tradition of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and creative exploration has hit the skids. more »»

A sticker stickler

November 29, 2013 As I write this, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 2013. But I’m thinking of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 1952. I was in first grade and on that day, school could not get out soon enoug. more »»

The fall chill

November 22, 2013 It hits me every November, early in the month — that feeling. What feeling? Unease? Discomfort? Nervousness? Yes, all those. But why it hits me, I can’t tell. more »»

Day is done

November 15, 2013 By the time Tuesday rolls around, I can’t remember anything of significance that happened over the weekend. But that’s because the way I live, nothing of significance usually takes place. more »»

The Haint that Ain’t

November 8, 2013 One of my favorite quotes about what it takes to be a great writer is from Ernest Hemingway. more »»

Ectoplasmic palaver

November 1, 2013 In Shakespeare’s time, ghosts were real. That is, people thought they were real. more »»

Puppy love

October 25, 2013 As a devoted pet owner, I regard cats and dogs like kidneys: You need only one to survive, but it’s best to have two — just in case. more »»

What’s in D.C. can stay in D.C.

October 18, 2013 We think being right is always a good thing. But it’s not. more »»

When a boy goes to get a man’s job

October 11, 2013 On Wednesday I was schmoozing with my old landsman Paul Pillis. more »»

Further misadventures of Deadeye Dope

October 4, 2013 I feel sorry for today’s middle-class kids. Not that they have it bad —they don’t. In fact, their problem is they have it good – too good. more »»

Angels in the Adirondacks?

September 27, 2013 A little known fact is almost all magicians are either skeptical or total disbelievers of paranormal phenomena. And, being a magician myself, I’m likewise skeptical. more »»

Tales of the Good Deed Kid

September 20, 2013 It was Christmas season and I was 10 or so, on a New York City bus with my mother and brother. At one stop, a woman got on, holding two big bags of gifts. more »»

Score one for the optimistic optometrist

September 13, 2013 Every childhood road trip followed the same pattern. First, we were all excited to be going. Then, boredom set in. And once it did, we struggled mightily to keep our spirits u. more »»



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